Robert Duvall
American actor
Robert Duvall
Robert Selden Duvall is an American actor and director. He has won an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards and a BAFTA over the course of his career.
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Ritch Shydner: Veteran Comedian And Chronicler Of The 1980s Comedy Boom
Huffington Post - 5 months
Comedian Ritch Shydner All photos courtesy of Ritch Shydner Ritch Shydner's new book, "Kicking Through The Ashes: My Life as a Stand-up in the 1980s Comedy Explosion", has just been published. In the 1980s, Ritch made numerous appearances on TV, including "Late Night with David Letterman" and "The Tonight Show" with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. He did an HBO half-hour special, "One Night Stand." He played Al Bundy's co-worker on "Married with Children", and made guest appearances on many other TV shows, such as "Designing Women" and "Roseanne." Ritch was able to translate his modest success on TV into an obscure film career, appearing in Steve Martin's, "Roxanne," and Eddie Murphy's, "Beverly Hills Cop II," before moving on to minor roles on smaller pictures. Ritch wrote for sitcoms such as "Roseanne", "The Jeff Foxworthy Show," and HBO's "The Mind of the Married Man." He wrote material for Jeff Foxworthy's Grammy-nominated comedy albums, "Totally Committed," and "Big ...
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The Writing Life: The Past Never Leaves You, Or Does It?
Huffington Post - 6 months
I have often said that my worst professional mistake was leaving the clangorous world of daily newspapers for magazines and book writing. Of course, that was back in 1985, a very different time for the media, and for the world. The digital era had not yet dawned, and we "hacks" - as print journalists, particularly foreign correspondents, were known - scrambled around in search of stories. We then scrambled around some more to find a post office with a telex machine to file our dispatches to our home offices. No email in those days, no satellite phones either. Your dispatches depended on the caprice of the telex operation. He was more influenced by the graft you gave than the novelty, timeliness and piquancy of your stories. My search for stories took me to Africa, where the New York Times had posted me in the lovely Kenyan capital of Nairobi. From there I crisscrossed the vast continent. I felt a little bit like Marlow, the narrator of "Heart of Darkness," the celebrated novella ...
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Talking With Tarantino: The Sight and Sound Excerpt
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The new Sight & Sound features my ten-page interview with its February cover star, Quentin Tarantino, and they have graciously allowed me to excerpt a portion of the extensive Q&A here. This is a nice chunk of it, but there's so much more in the magazine, from getting to know his characters, to the Roadshow appeal of The Hateful Eight and themes in the movie, to movie violence, to Leonardo DiCaprio's character in Django, to shooting on Ultra Panavision, to his own theater in Los Angeles, The New Beverly (shout out to Clu Gulager in the issue), to his love of old film prints, to interesting thoughts and facts about his past movies, and much, much more. Dig in and read it all via the magazine. For now, check out these choice moments from the interview. "There was a whole lot of speculation from some people about this whole 70mm thing, as in, that's really great, but it's just this set-bound parlor piece, so isn't it just a big old fucking waste of time and money? And, I thi ...
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Doing Art While Doing Good
Huffington Post - over 1 year
For movie lovers, a film festival is a great way to binge on multiple films over many days. Yet attending one of the well-known festivals (e.g., Aspen, New York City, Sundance, Telluride, Toronto) might be inconvenient or too costly for many of us. The good news? The growing number of smaller festivals making films of diverse genres accessible to more people. I can speak from first-hand experience having recently attended part of the Washington West Film Festival (WWFilmFest). And by doing so, I and the other attendees helped WWFilmFest fulfill its unique goal of --- what I call --- doing art while doing good. WWFilmFest began in 2011 in Reston, Virginia (still its home base). During its just finished fifth festival, WWFilmFest presented 56 films from 13 countries in Reston and various venues in downtown Washington, D.C. and throughout Virginia. I learned of WWFilmFest when I attended its preview showing of the documentary "Deep Web" in Arlington, Virginia. There I heard Bra ...
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Tilda Swinton, Robert Duvall and Ralph Steadman set for SXSW spotlight
LATimes - about 3 years
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Maximilian Schell Dead: Oscar-Winning Actor Dies At 83
Huffington Post - about 3 years
VIENNA (AP) — Austrian-born actor Maximilian Schell, a fugitive from Adolf Hitler who became a Hollywood favorite and won an Oscar for his role as a defense attorney in "Judgment at Nuremberg," has died. He was 83. Schell's agent, Patricia Baumbauer, said Saturday he died overnight at a hospital in Innsbruck following a "sudden and serious illness," the Austria Press Agency reported. It was only his second Hollywood role, as defense attorney Hans Rolfe in Stanley Kramer's classic "Judgment at Nuremberg," that earned him wide international acclaim. Schell's impassioned but unsuccessful defense of four Nazi judges on trial for sentencing innocent victims to death won him the 1961 Academy Award for best actor. Schell had first played Rolfe in a 1959 episode of the television program "Playhouse 90." Despite being type-cast for numerous Nazi-era films, Schell's acting performances in the mid-1970s also won him renewed popular acclaim, earning him a best actor Oscar nomination for "The Ma ...
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A Roger Ailes Movie Will Likely Happen—Here's Who Should Play Him
Mother Jones - about 3 years
Earlier this week, TheWrap published an interview with author and journalist Gabriel Sherman, about The Loudest Voice in the Room, his new, much-discussed unauthorized biography of Fox News president Roger Ailes. The biography has gained attention for its juicy content (such as a producer claiming that Ailes, then at NBC, offered her an extra $100 a week if she agreed to have sex with him whenever he asked), and for being the target of a campaign, by Fox News and others in conservative media, to discredit Sherman's reporting. At the end of the Wrap Q&A, reporter L.A. Ross asks Sherman if he has received any offers from studios or production companies about turning his book into a movie. "Well...it's too early to talk about that, but I think Ailes is an incredibly cinematic character, and would find a natural home on the big screen," Sherman replied. When pressed further, he simply said, "No comment." The idea of a Hollywood epic chronicling the saga of Ailes was intriguing, ...
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Casey Affleck Explores the Explorers Club
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Casey Affleck has a youthful intensity: he's too vulnerable to go to the deadly places he explores as a fighter to prove himself in the testosterone fueled "Out of the Furnace," in theaters this week. The opening scenes are so brutal, with a screw loose Woody Harrelson going ballistic on his date at the drive in, you know that by the time the two meet, nothing good will come of it. After four tours in Iraq, Affleck's sweet-faced Rodney Baze has so few options in the Pennsylvania town where he lives with a dying father, and with his brother, the incomparable Christian Bale as Russell Baze. I spent a good part of the movie with my hands over my eyes, ruing my presence at a movie that displays boys behaving so badly. That said, in the end, the story resonated at a different level, as a parable about returning war heroes and the bleak opportunities they have connecting with home, family and a meaningful job. Featuring excellent, tough but sensitive, performances by Affleck and Bale, Wille ...
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<i>Wait Until Dark</i> at the Geffen Playhouse Is Thrilling!
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I can still vividly recall the night in 1967 when I attended the opening night screening of the film version of Wait Until Dark in New York. Like all red-blooded American guys, I was enchanted with actress Audrey Hepburn (unfortunately, not reciprocated), and I shuddered in horror as I watched her on screen playing the blind heroine coping with some bad guys in her Village apartment. One of the bad guys was played by Alan Arkin, who would one day co-star with Carol Burnett in my film of Chu Chu and the Philly Flash. (Audrey's husband at the time, Mel Ferrer, produced the film; she left him shortly thereafter. She was nominated for an Oscar for it, losing out to Katherine Hepburn in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.) The music for the film was by the late, great Henry Mancini, with whom I would later work on my film, W.C. Fields and Me. Many years later, when we discussed the film, he told me that his dark, oppressive score featured two pianos tuned a quarter of a tone apart, and he used ...
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A Minute With: Robert Duvall on Westerns and avoiding stereotypes
Reuters.com - over 3 years
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - With a career spanning seven decades, actor Robert Duvall has played roles ranging from Joseph Stalin to Dwight D. Eisenhower, and he still looks for ways to diversify his choices.
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Where Is The Cast Of 'Newsies' Today?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It's hard to believe "Newsies" has been around since 1992. Directed by choreographer Kenny Ortega (who you can also thank for the the "High School Musical" series), the film was a major box office flop, but later gained a cult following on home video. Now, it's been turned into a Broadway musical that has earned eight Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, winning Best Choreography and Best Original Score. For those of you who have been waking up every day for the past 21 years with "Seize The Day" stuck in your head, this is for you. Scroll down to see where the cast of the beloved Disney movie is today. David Moscow, "David Jacobs" (youtube/getty) Oh hey, Duncan, from your favorite failed 1999 TV show "Zoe, Duncan, Jack &amp; Jane." David was also in the movies "Just Married," "Honey" and "Vacancy 2: The First Cut." Fun fact: He was once engaged to Kerry Washington. Deborra-Lee Furness, "Esther Jacobs" (youtube/getty) David's mom went on to m ...
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'That English Bastard'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Jayne Mansfield's Car" is the first feature film Billy Bob Thornton has written and directed in 12 years, and its new trailer finds the Oscar winner donning a thick Southern accent as an Alabama native. "Car," set in the late 1960s, depicts a multi-generational family that clashes when their British counterparts -- one of whom is referred to as "that English bastard" -- call to inform them of the death of their matriarch. Robert Duvall plays the head honcho of the Alabama family, while John Hurt leads the London clan. Thornton, Kevin Bacon and Robert Patrick play the three Southern siblings, with Tippi Hedren, Frances O'Connor and Robert Stevenson rounding out the cast. Co-written by frequent Thornton collaborator Tom Epperson, "Car" hits theaters Sept. 13. Will it net Thornton a second screenplay Oscar, following his win for 1996's "Sling Blade"? Watch the trailer and weigh in.
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Sonar Entertainment brings Tommy Lee Jones, Angelina Jolie and Zooey Deschanel to YouTube
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Lucas Shaw NEW YORK (TheWrap.com) - Sonar Entertainment has launched "Minis + Movies," a new paid YouTube channel featuring miniseries and TV movies, the company said Monday. "Lonesome Dove," starring Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duvall, "Tin Man," starring Zooey Deschanel" and "True Women," starring Angelina Jolie, are among the initial titles available to subscribers. Additional titles will become available each month. Subscribers can fork over either $1.99 a month or $19.99 a year for the channel, the latest pay channel on the world's largest video platform. ...
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What To Watch This Fourth Of July Weekend
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Whether you celebrate July 4th with backyard fireworks, beach barbecues or a low-key day on the couch, chances are you'll encounter a television at some point over the Independence Day holiday weekend, so we've rounded up the best TV specials and marathons to entertain you over the fourth of July and beyond. From nostalgic fare like "Boy Meets World" and "Beverly Hills, 90210" to educational series like "Through the Wormhole" and "Parts Unknown," all the way through to movie marathons of "Die Hard" and "Pirates of the Caribbean," there's something for everyone on the small screen this weekend. Read on for our highlights. (All times ET/PT.) THURSDAY, JULY 4 "Cake Boss" (6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., TLC) Tempt your sweet tooth with a marathon of baker Buddy Valastro's elaborate creations. "Fear Factor" (6 a.m. to 6 a.m. Friday, Chiller) 24 hours of hair-raising obstacles and stomach-turning food challenges as couples, best friends and other contestants compete to win pri ...
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Boston trial of mobster 'Whitey' Bulger enters 3rd week
Fox News - over 3 years
The trial of James "Whitey" Bulger enters its third week Monday with more testimony from prosecution witnesses. Bulger is accused in a 32-count racketeering indictment of a long list of crimes, including participating in 19 killings. Here are some highlights from the courtroom last week: THE DEFENDANT The 83-year-old Bulger took notes on a legal pad and stared straight ahead during testimony. Bulger, whom prosecutors say is the former leader of the Winter Hill Gang, was one of the nation's most wanted fugitives after he fled Boston in 1994. He was captured in 2011 in Santa Monica, Calif. His early image as a modern-day Robin Hood who gave Thanksgiving dinners to working-class neighbors and kept drug dealers out of his South Boston neighborhood was shattered when authorities started digging up bodies. THE PROSECUTION Former hit man James Martorano testified about murders he said he committed at the request of Bulger and Bulger's partner, Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi. Martor ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Robert Duvall
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 84
    In 2015, at age 84, Duvall became the oldest person ever to be nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards, with a nomination for the film The Judge.
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  • 2014
    Age 83
    He revealed during a March 13, 2014, interview with The Daily Beast however that he will probably vote independent, calling today's Republican Party "a mess."
    More Details Hide Details In 2001, Pedraza and Duvall founded the Robert Duvall Children's Fund (RDCF) to assist families in Northern Argentina through renovations of homes, schools, and medical facilities. Duvall and Pedraza have been active supporters of Pro Mujer, a nonprofit charity organization dedicated to helping Latin America's poorest women (with Duvall and Pedraza concentrating on Pedraza's home in the Argentine Northwest).
  • 2012
    Age 81
    Duvall endorsed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in 2012.
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  • 2011
    Age 80
    In 2011, he appeared at the Texas Children's Cancer Center charity event "An Evening with a Texas Legend" in Houston, where he was interviewed by Bob Schieffer.
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  • 2009
    Age 78
    In May 2009, Duvall spoke for historic preservation against Walmart's proposal to build a store across the road from the entrance to the Wilderness Battlefield national park in Orange County, Virginia.
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  • 2008
    Age 77
    In September 2008, he appeared on stage at a John McCain-Sarah Palin rally in New Mexico.
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    Duvall worked the floor at the GOP's 2008 national convention and, according to an August 29, 2008, MSNBC article, Duvall narrated most of the videos for the convention.
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  • 2007
    Age 76
    In September 2007, he announced his support for Republican Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani.
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  • 2005
    Age 74
    In 2005, Duvall married his fourth wife, Luciana Pedraza, granddaughter of Argentine aviator pioneer Susana Ferrari Billinghurst.
    More Details Hide Details He met Pedraza in Argentina, recalling, "The flower shop was closed, so I went to the bakery. If the flower shop had been open, I never would've met her." They were both born on January 5, but Duvall is 41 years older. They have been together since 1997. He produced, directed, and acted with her in Assassination Tango, with the majority of filming in Buenos Aires. Duvall is also known as a very skilled Argentine Tango dancer, having a Tango Studio in Argentina and in the United States.
    In 2005, Duvall was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President George W. Bush at the White House.
    More Details Hide Details Recently, he starred in The Judge alongside Robert Downey Jr.. While the movie itself received mixed reviews, Robert Duvall's performance was praised. He has been nominated for a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Academy Award for his supporting role.
  • 2001
    Age 70
    Duvall's political views are variously described as libertarian or conservative. He was personally invited to Republican President George W. Bush's inauguration in 2001.
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  • 1997
    Age 66
    He was nominated for an Emmy again in 1997 for portraying Adolf Eichmann in The Man Who Captured Eichmann.
    More Details Hide Details In 2006, he won an Emmy for the role of Prentice "Print" Ritter in the revisionist Western miniseries Broken Trail.
  • 1992
    Age 61
    He won a Golden Globe Award and garnered an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of a brutal and corrupt communist leader Joseph Stalin in the 1992 television film Stalin.
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  • 1991
    Age 60
    His third marriage was to Sharon Brophy, a dancer, from 1991 to 1995.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1989
    Age 58
    In 1989, Duvall appeared in the miniseries Lonesome Dove in the role of Captain Augustus "Gus" McCrae, Texas Rangers (retired).
    More Details Hide Details He has considered this particular role to be his personal favorite. He won a Golden Globe Award and earned an Emmy Award nomination. For his role as a former Texas Ranger peace officer, Duvall was trained in the use of Walker revolvers by the Texas marksman Joe Bowman. Duvall has maintained a busy film career, sometimes appearing in as many as four in one year. He received Oscar nominations for his portrayals of evangelical preacher Euliss "Sonny" Dewey in The Apostle (1997) — a film he also wrote and directed — and played lawyer Jerome Facher in A Civil Action (1998). He directed Assassination Tango (2002), a thriller about one of his favorite hobbies, tango. He portrayed General Robert E. Lee in Gods and Generals in 2003. Other roles during this period that displayed the actor's wide range included that of a crew chief in Days of Thunder (1990), a retiring cop in Falling Down (1992), a Hispanic barber in Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993), a New York tabloid editor in The Paper (1994), a rural doctor in Phenomenon (1996), a father who owns a jumper horse farm in Something to Talk About (1995), an abusive father in 1996's Slingblade, an astronaut in Deep Impact (1998), a mechanic in Gone in 60 Seconds (2000), a soccer coach in A Shot at Glory (2001), a police officer in John Q (2002), a trail boss in Open Range (2003), another soccer coach in the comedy Kicking & Screaming, an old free spirit in Secondhand Lions (2003), a Las Vegas poker champion in Lucky You and a New York police chief in We Own the Night (both 2007).
  • 1982
    Age 51
    His second wife was Gail Youngs, to whom he was married from 1982 to 1986.
    More Details Hide Details His marriage to Youngs temporarily made him the brother-in-law of John Savage, Robin Young, and Jim Youngs.
  • FORTIES
  • 1977
    Age 46
    In 1977 Duvall returned to Broadway to appear as Walter Cole in David Mamet's American Buffalo.
    More Details Hide Details It's you at that moment in time.... Between action and cut, it's a nice world, but you can't force that any more than you can force it in life. Duvall continued to appear in films during the 1980s, including the roles of cynical sportswriter Max Mercy in The Natural (1984) and Los Angeles police officer Bob Hodges in Colors (1988). He won an Oscar for Best Actor as country western singer Mac Sledge in Tender Mercies (1983). Duvall was said to have written the music, but the actor said he wrote only a few "background, secondary songs." Duvall did do his own singing, insisting it be added to his contract that he sing the songs himself; Duvall said, "What's the point if you're not going to do your own singing? They're just going to dub somebody else? I mean, there's no point to that."
  • 1976
    Age 45
    In 1976, Duvall played supporting roles in The Eagle Has Landed and as Dr. Watson in The Seven-Per-Cent Solution opposite Nicol Williamson, Alan Arkin, Vanessa Redgrave and Laurence Olivier.
    More Details Hide Details Duvall received another Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor and won both a BAFTA Award and Golden Globe Award for his role as Lt. Colonel Kilgore in Apocalypse Now (1979). His line "I love the smell of napalm in the morning" from Apocalypse Now is regarded as iconic in cinema history. The full text is as follows: Duvall received a BAFTA Award nomination for his portrayal of detestable television executive Frank Hackett in the critically acclaimed film Network (1976) and garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role in The Great Santini (1979) as the hard-boiled Marine LtCol. "Bull" Meechum. The latter role was based on a Marine aviator, Colonel Donald Conroy, the father of the book's author Pat Conroy. He also co-starred with Laurence Olivier and Tommy Lee Jones in The Betsy (1978) and portrayed United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the television miniseries Ike (1979).
  • 1972
    Age 41
    His first major critical success came portraying Tom Hagen in The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974), the 1972 film earning him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1970
    Age 39
    He drew a considerable amount of attention in 1970 for his portrayal of the dastardly Major Frank Burns in the film MASH and for his portrayal of the title role in the cult classic THX 1138 in 1971.
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  • 1966
    Age 35
    On February 2, 1966, he made his Broadway debut as Harry Roat, Jr in Frederick Knott's Wait Until Dark at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details This played at the Shubert Theatre and George Abbott Theatre and closed on December 31, 1966, at the Music Box Theatre. His other Broadway performance was as Walter Cole in David Mamet's American Buffalo, which opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on February 16, 1977, and closed at the Belasco Theatre on June 11, 1977. In 1959, Duvall made his first television appearance on Armstrong Circle Theater in the episode The Jailbreak. He appeared regularly on television as a guest actor during the 1960s, often in action, suspense, detective, or crime dramas. His appearances during this time include performances on Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Naked City, The Untouchables, Route 66, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, The Fugitive, T.H.E. Cat, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Time Tunnel and The Mod Squad.
  • 1965
    Age 34
    His most notable Off-Broadway performance, for which he won an Obie Award in 1965 and which he considers his "Othello", was as Eddie Carbone (again) in Miller's A View From the Bridge at the Sheridan Square Playhouse from January 28, 1965, to December 11, 1966.
    More Details Hide Details It was directed again by Ulu Grosbard with Dustin Hoffman.
  • 1964
    Age 33
    The couple were married from 1964 until 1975.
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  • 1961
    Age 30
    His other early Off-Broadway credits include the role of Doug in the premiere of Michael Shurtleff's Call Me By My Rightful Name on January 31, 1961, at One Sheridan Square and the role of Bob Smith in the premiere of William Snyder's The Days and Nights of BeeBee Fenstermaker on September 17, 1962, until June 9, 1963, at the Sheridan Square Playhouse.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1958
    Age 27
    He made his Off-Broadway debut at the Gate Theater as Frank Gardner in George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession on June 25, 1958.
    More Details Hide Details This play closed three days later (June 28) after five performances.
  • 1957
    Age 26
    At the Neighborhood Playhouse, Meisner cast him in Tennessee Williams' Camino Real and the title role of Harvey Weems in Foote's one-act play The Midnight Caller. The latter was already part of Duvall's performance credits by mid-July 1957.
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    The 1957 playbills also described him as "a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse" (so he must have completed his studies there by the summer of 1957), "a member of Sanford Meisner's professional Workshop" and as having worked with Alvin Epstein, a mime and a member of Marcel Marceau's Company.
    More Details Hide Details By this time also (July 1957) his theatrical credits included performances as Jimmy in The Rainmaker and as Harvey Weems in Horton Foote's The Midnight Caller. Already receiving top-billing at the Gateway Playhouse, in the 1959 season he appeared in lead roles as Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire (July–August 1959), Maxwell Archer in Once More with Feeling, Igor Romanoff in Peter Ustinov's Romanoff and Juliet, and Joe Mancuso in Kyle Crichton's The Happiest Millionaire (all in August 1959).
    In its 1957 season, he appeared as Mr. Mayher in Agatha Christie's Witness For The Prosecution (July 1957), as Hector in Jean Anouilh's Thieves' Carnivall (July 1957), and the role which he once described as the "catalyst of his career": Eddie Carbone in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge (from July 30 to August 3, 1957, and directed by Ulu Grosbard who was by then a regular director at the Gateway Theatre).
    More Details Hide Details Miller himself attended one of Duvall's performances as Eddie and also during this performance he met important people that allowed him to, in two months, land a "spectacular lead" in the Naked City television series. While appearing at the Gateway Theatre in the second half of the 1950s, he was also appearing at the Augusta Civic Theatre, the McLean Theatre in Virginia and the Arena Theatre in Washington, D.C..
  • 1956
    Age 25
    For Gateway's 1956 season (his third season with the Gateway Players), he played the role of Max Halliday in Frederick Knott's Dial M for Murder (July 1956), Virgil Blessing in Inge's Bus Stop (August 1956), and Clive Mortimer in John van Druten's I Am a Camera (August 1956).
    More Details Hide Details The playbills for the 1956 season described him as "an audience favorite" in the last season and as having "appeared at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York and studied acting with Sandy Meisner this past winter."
  • 1955
    Age 24
    The playbill of Dark of the Moon indicated that he had portrayed the Witchboy before and that he will "repeat his famous portrayal" of this character for the 1955 season's revival of this play.
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    After a year's absence when he was with the U.S. Army (1953–54), he returned to Gateway in its 1955 summer season, playing: Eddie Davis in Ronald Alexander's Time Out For Ginger (July 1955), Hal Carter in William Inge's Picnic (July 1955), Charles Wilder in John Willard's The Cat And The Canary (August 1955), Paris in Arthur Miller's The Crucible (August 1955), and John the Witchboy in William Berney and Howard Richardson's Dark of the Moon (September 1955).
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    In 1955, Duvall roomed with Hoffman in a New York City apartment while they were studying together at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details Around this time he also roomed with Hackman, while working odd jobs such as clerking at Macy's, sorting mail at the post office, and driving a truck. The three roommates have since earned, among themselves, nineteen Academy Award nominations, with five wins.
    In the winter of 1955, Duvall began studies at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City, under Sanford Meisner, on the G.I. Bill.
    More Details Hide Details He was there for two years. Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman, and James Caan were among his classmates. He was there in 1957 attending Meisner's classes. While studying acting, he worked as a Manhattan post office clerk. Duvall remains friends today with fellow California born actors Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman, whom he knew during their years as struggling actors.
  • 1953
    Age 22
    He graduated, in 1953, from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois.
    More Details Hide Details Duvall served in the United States Army for a brief period shortly after the Korean War (from August 19, 1953, to August 20, 1954) leaving the Army as Private First Class. "That's led to some confusion in the press," he explained in 1984, "Some stories have me shooting it out with the Commies from a foxhole over in Frozen Chosin. Pork Chop Hill stuff. Hell, I barely qualified with the M-1 rifle in basic training". While stationed at Camp Gordon (later renamed Fort Gordon) in Georgia, Duvall acted in an amateur production of the comedy "Room Service" in nearby Augusta, Georgia.
  • 1952
    Age 21
    Duvall began his professional acting career with the Gateway Playhouse, an Equity summer theatre based in Bellport, Long Island, New York. Arguably his stage debut was in its 1952 season when he played the Pilot in Laughter In The Stars, an adaptation of The Little Prince, at what was then the Gateway Theatre.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1931
    Age 0
    Duvall was born January 5, 1931, in San Diego, California, the son of Mildred Virginia, an amateur actress, and William Howard Duvall, a Virginia-born U.S. Navy admiral.
    More Details Hide Details He has English, and smaller amounts of French Huguenot, German, Scottish, Swiss-German, and Welsh ancestry. His mother was a relative of American Civil War General Robert E. Lee, and a member of the Lee Family of Virginia, while his father was a descendant of settler Mareen Duvall. Duvall was raised in the Christian Science religion and has stated that, while it is his belief, he does not attend church. He grew up primarily in Annapolis, Maryland, site of the United States Naval Academy. He recalled: "I was a Navy brat. My father started at the Academy when he was 16, made captain at 39 and retired as a rear admiral." He attended Severn School in Severna Park, Maryland, and The Principia in St. Louis, Missouri.
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